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Turkish Lecture

2019 Turkish Lecturer, Kemal Kirisci

The 2019 Turkish Lecture will host speaker, Kemal Kirisci, TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project, at the Brookings Institution. Kirisci will discuss "Turbulent Times: Turkey's Tenuous Relationship with the West." 

Event Details:
          Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
          Lullwater Ballroom, Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329
Event is free; please register by January 23 to be included in lunch


A summary of the topic from the speaker: "Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently been back in the news with the exposure of the Saudi Arabian murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi. This is occurring against the background of democratic regression, rise of religious nationalism and growing economic woes in Turkey, all under his stewardship of the country. Once lauded as a model for democratic transformation and economic success, the growing tensions with the United States and Europe raise significant questions about the future of the Turkish relationship and its role in the greater Middle East. What is the likely relationship of Turkey with the EU? What is the country's role as a current member of NATO, especially as Turkey appears  to get closer to Russia? What is to become of the Syrian refugee situation in which Turkey is so critically involved? In this special program, Kemal Kirisci will discuss Turkey's historic and future role, describing the challenges the country faces as well as its potential to advance."

Turkish Lecture Series

The Turkish Lecture Series brings public intellectuals in the fields of Ottoman and Turkish studies, including business and trade, history, politics, and culture, to interact with Emory students and faculty and members of the Atlanta-area community.


Title of Talk
February 19, 2018 Steven A. Cook, PhD, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations Is Turkey a Democracy?
December 1, 2016 Soner Çağaptay, Beyer Family Fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute Turkish Foreign Relations: the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East
November 18, 2015 Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director, The Institute of Turkish Studies
Georgetown University
Turkey: A Reliable Ally to Combat ISIS?
March 27, 2014 Bulent Aliriza, Founding Director, The Turkey Project
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Turkey's Challenges in 2014 - VIDEO
September 21, 2012 M. Hakan Yavuz, Professor of Political Science, Middle East Center, University of Utah Political Islam and Secularism in Turkey
November 9, 2011 Namik Tan, Ambassador of Turkey to the United States Turkey-U.S. Relations
February 3, 2010 Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Global Women's Issues
November 24, 2008 Nabi Sensoy, Ambassador of Turkey to the United States Turkey's Foreign Policy, Linked Between the Regional and the Global
September 18, 2007 Ali Carkoglu, Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey) Turkish Elections 2007: A Beginning or an End of an Electoral Process?
November 9, 2006 Murat Sungar, First Deputy Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
Former Ambassador of Turkey to the United Nations Office in Geneva
Turkey and the U.S.: An Important Relationship for the Black Sea Region
October 17, 2006 Soner Cagaptay, Senior Fellow and Director, Turkish Research Program
Washington Institute
Islam, Secularism, and Nationalism in Modern Turkey: Who Is a Turk?